Friday, October 18, 2013
Jarvis Jones hoping to play against Ravens
By Scott Brown
PITTSBURGH -- Outside linebacker Jarvis Jones was listed as a full participant in practice on Friday, and he should be cleared to play against the Baltimore Ravens provided he passes a battery of concussion tests prior to the Steelers’ 4:25 p.m. ET game Sunday at Heinz Field.
“I’m fine,” Jones said. “I got out there and ran around and did some things.”
Jones said he did not take part in any team drills, but he is optimistic about playing against the Ravens.
“I feel good today,” he said. “We’re still taking precautions and going through the process. We’ve still got two more days so we’ll see what they say.”
Jones was officially diagnosed with a concussion on Wednesday night after reporting symptoms of the head injury to the Steelers on Monday night. He went through what the Steelers called an “exercise challenge” on Thursday and did well enough to practice fully on Friday.
The rookie is listed as questionable for the Steelers’ game against the Ravens, which reflects the cautious approach teams are mandated to take with players who are returning from a concussion.
Jason Worilds, who had five tackles and a sack in the Steelers' 19-6 win against the Jets last Sunday, will start at right outside linebacker if Jones is not cleared to play against the Ravens.
The Steelers are in otherwise good health as defensive end Brett Keisel (abdomen), outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley and right tackle Marcus Gilbert (quadricep) are all listed as probable for Sunday.
Tight end Richard Gordon, signed by the Steelers on Tuesday, has been ruled out for the Ravens game because of a toe injury. Wide receiver Markus Wheaton had previously been ruled out for Sunday.
Wheaton will miss his second consecutive game as he recovers from surgery on his broken right pinkie.